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DOE's formula for failure

Georgia public schools have a long and sorry tradition of high dropout rates, low graduation rates and an education establishment dedicated to masking the truth.

July 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Trip to the big city

I've spent the past week in New York City, watching a nephew's Brooklyn apartment and dog, touring and learning more about City College of New York where R2 will be attending classes starting in August, and hunting for an apartment for him and a couple friends. It's been an education.

July 03, 2007 | By Pat Watkins | Opinion


Freedom marching in reverse

Hugo Chavez may be a thug, but he's no dummy. He knows that with a packed Supreme Court, a rump Congress, a divided opposition and - tragically true - a good deal of support from The People, Venezuela's free press is one of the few remaining institutions strong enough to keep him from realizing his dream of grabbing absolute power.

July 03, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


The untold truth in the Wilson case

The mainstream media is portraying Genarlow Wilson as a victim and Georgia as a backwater state by oversimplifying this case. There is more to this story than a young student getting 10 years in prison for consensual oral sex. A lot more.

July 03, 2007 | By Eric Johnson Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore | Opinion


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's - who?

Nearly every week, there is another super hero featured in a new movie on the big screen. Well, I would like to introduce you to a different kind of super hero, one you probably never saw in the comics when you were growing up.

June 30, 2007 | By Sara Swida Keep Liberty County Beautiful | Opinion


TV ad cooks up less than truth

Buyer Beware: I'm sure most of you have seen the recent ad showing a lady using a device that looks like a small waffle maker. She mixes concoctions quickly and pours them into a cooker and, voila, in minutes she has produced a tasty meal. Well, I wanted one of them and one night the ad said if you call within three minutes, you can buy one and get one free for only $19.95. I called immediately and ordered the pair - one for me and one for my mom. What a shock when the two cookers arrived. They ...

June 30, 2007 | By Dot Moss Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Bradwell, Liberty rivalry

We need to revisit a new Rivalry with Bradwell and Liberty.

June 28, 2007 | ga4runner Blogger | Opinion


Introducing MovieCare

Imagine turning 65 and finding a letter tucked in your mailbox offering unlimited movie tickets for just $25 a month. You read through the fine print, and amazingly, the offer isn't a scam. It's a new federal program called "MovieCare."

June 28, 2007 | Peter J. Pitts Columnist | Opinion


Remembering Old Glory

Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory; others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.

June 28, 2007 | By David C. Graham Special to the Courier | Opinion


Blog: Can you afford Microsoft?

I've used Windows for years, along with a free alternative that I think could be useful for many. While I have heard much complaining about Windows, most do not know that alternatives exist.

June 28, 2007 | siafulinux Blogger | Opinion


A star is born - maybe

Under the old rules, investigative newsman Dale Cardwell would be treated as a fringe candidate for the U.S. Senate - a TV reporter probably in the throes of a midlife crisis and determined to jump off a cliff.

June 26, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Red-light cameras voted down

I would personally like to commend the (Hinesville) city council for their wise review and subsequent vote down for the use of red-light cameras within the city.

June 26, 2007 | Tom Hickey Blogger | Opinion


A word of caution to caring pet owners

It was a lovely fall day when my husband and I headed out for a fun few days away from work. We planned to meet our daughter and her family on Friday evening in Helen.

June 26, 2007 | Patricia Speed Hinesville | Opinion


Bike Ride Across Georgia is coming

B.R.A.G. coming to Hinesville: Little did I know when I started the Bike Ride Across Georgia in 1980, that it would still be going strong in 2007. This year's route will bring them to Bradwell Institute on next Friday. If you've never witnessed 1,600 people on bicycles, now is your chance. Just be kind and give them the right-of-way as they make their way into Hinesville to Bradwell. There will be plenty of festivities and food for everyone. This is the second time the bikers have been hosted by the city of Hinesville. The ...

June 23, 2007 | By Dot Moss Columnist | Opinion


From soldier to teacher

How does a person transition from a life of regimented detail to one of flexible chaos? How does one stop living an ingrained way of life for 27 years and completely become the "anti-you"?

June 23, 2007 | By Bill Haskin Columnist | Opinion


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Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

September 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Midway in risk of losing fire station to county

In an article that appeared in the Feb. 20, 2013 edition of the Coastal Courier, the Liberty County commissioners blamed Midway for delaying the fire plan, but never addressed or discussed why the city opted out of the county fire plan.

September 09, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Turn your life into art

Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, "It's always about the story with her."

September 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Days to reserve native plants, dwindling

This weekend, Keep Liberty Beautiful will host two Native Plant Awareness Giveaway Days to encourage the use of native plants and other great growers in our community.

September 09, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

September 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Political pumpkins growing a bit early

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 04, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The humanity of Herbert Hoover

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.

September 04, 2014 | By Harold Brown Guest Columnist | Opinion


Is heat driving people mad?

Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Communication from BoE is important

As many of our readers know, over the past few weeks the Courier received numerous comments and requests to look into recent policies and decisions made by leaders and administrators of the Liberty County School System.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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